How To Make Handmade Cards Quick & Easy

CTMH Craft With Heart May- Aug Kit Card Samples

CTMH Craft with Heart May-August Card Kit Contents

On Monday I was excited to receive my *NEW* Close To My Heart Craft With Heart Card Kit.  These subscription boxes are the BEST.  They are truly the quickest and easiest way to create cards!  As you can see from my quick snapshot of the contents–you get basically everything you need to create your cards–just add your favorite adhesive.

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Social Distancing Make It Monday 7th Edition

CTMH Amazing Mother Card

CTMH Amazing Mother Card

Since Mother’s Day is coming up, I decided to do another FREE card pattern for this week’s Make It Monday.  This pattern is from our now retired Originals Card Pattern Book and is called Winning Combination.  As I’ve done in the past, I altered it a tiny bit so that my stamped image would fit properly.  Always feel free to alter to your needs!

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Get Ready for National Scrapbooking Day

CTMH National Scrapbooking Day Schedule

It’s almost time!  May is National Scrapbooking Month.  And TOMORROW is National Scrapbooking Day!  I hope you’ll be spending some time crafting to celebrate.  If you haven’t made plans yet, feel free to join the FREE National Scrapbook Day Event with Close To My Heart being held on their Facebook Page.  All the times listed … Read more Get Ready for National Scrapbooking Day

More Great Stay-at-home Crafting Projects

CTMH Yesterday & Today Scrapbooking Kit

We know that for many, crafting is a social activity. During these days where we’re all more limited in our ability to get together, you may be discovering new ways of connecting with others. As you master the art of group video chats, one thing that could help you feel even more connected with your crafting buddies is working on the same projects as each other—and our scrapbooking and cardmaking workshop kits are the ideal candidates!

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2020 Virtual Spring Fling!

2020 Virtual Spring Fling Event

We’ve been holding our Spring Fling Event for years now–always in person.  But with the new Shelter-in-Place and social distancing, it’s making that a little tough!  But never fear–we are making it happen!  That means no matter where you live (well, anywhere in the United States), you can participate with us. Be inspired (we’ll have … Read more 2020 Virtual Spring Fling!

Keep Your Sights Set on What You Love

CTMH Art Studio Vision Board

During difficult times, it can be encouraging to have visual reminders of the things you love. Vision boards make a great DIY project for focusing your attention on the things that matter most. As you list out ideas and look through photos, you are sure to be cheered by great memories and by dreams that make your heart soar. Here are a few different ideas to help you envision what shape your vision board could take.

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FREE Virtual National Scrapbooking Day Craft Event!

CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Event

CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Event

Craving some connection with other crafty peeps?  I know I am.  I miss my crafting time with friends a lot!

Next month is National Scrapbooking Month and Close To My Heart has some FUN plans for us!  First up, is an all-day craft event that is FREE.  

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Social Distancing Make It Monday 3rd Edition

CTMH Everything Whale Be Okay Card

CTMH Everything Whale Be Okay Card

This week’s Make It Monday features another FREE card pattern!  This “Pretty Simple” Pattern is from our now retired Originals Card Program.  It’s a great pattern that, like it’s name says, is pretty simple!  But even though it is simple, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up a bit.

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Telling the Story of Life Right Now

CTMH Storyteller Sample

CTMH Story Starter

Life can change quickly, as evidenced by the events of the last couple of weeks! Moments like this, where routines are disrupted and the pace of life changes, tend to bring life into greater focus and help us see the things that are truly important.

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Happy World Storytelling Day!

CTMH Storytelling Card Samples

CTMH Story by Stacy Storytelling Cards

Happy World Storytelling Day! Given all that is happening and how quickly things are changing from day-to-day, now is the PERFECT time to scrapbook these moments (if you are a scrapbooker) or simply start a journal if you’re not a scrapbooker. We are making history. These moments that we are experiencing and the things that we are in disbelief about (like the HUGE demand for toilet paper!?) will be what is written in future history books. We are living it. Each of our experiences will be unique but also the same to some extent. While we think we’ll never forget these days, our brains will write over some of the exceptional details that are so fresh right now in order to make room for new memories. Preserve your experience!

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A Cardmaking Kit To Spread Joy

CTMH Craft with Heart Sunshine Card Closeup

CTMH Craft with Heart Sunshine Card

Today I went back to my past Craft with Heart Cardmaking Subscription Box to make up some quick cards.  I was short on time, but I also didn’t want to lose my momentum of working on completing some of my undone projects (we all have them, right?!)

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Let’s Celebrate International Correspondence Writing Month

InCoWriMo Graphic

InCoWriMo Graphic

Did you know that February is International Correspondence Writing Month or also known as InCoWriMo?  It’s true!  I had never heard about it until recently and I’m pretty jazzed about it.  Really.  How often do you receive a handwritten card or note from someone these days?  Not often I would imagine.

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NEW Online Craft Community

SunnyDay Sessions with the Baldwins

I’m so excited to share this news with you! It’s a fresh, new crafty experience for 2020–and it’s going to be AWESOME!! If 2020 has you looking for inspiration, project tutorials, tips & techniques and a great crafty connection, you want to join our *NEW* SunnyDay Sessions with the Baldwins Community! I’ve teamed up with … Read more NEW Online Craft Community